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Poster: hrsauertieg Date: Jun 19, 2012 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Review of the GD Channel on Sirius

Sorry I'm late, but I only found this thread by searching Google for "sound quality" "Grateful Dead" "Sirius" "message board" -- no fault with Google, that's for sure!

I listen to the GD Channel quite a lot, and I've grown disenchanted with it over the years. They had more original programming in the first year, 2007-2008. One day, I think on the first day of winter 2008, they played nothing but various versions of "Dark Star" -- all day. On Memorial Day Weekend 2008 they played a series of outdoor concerts including MIT 5/70, just great stuff. The following year they ditched all this "special event" programming and just went with the day-to-day stuff, so the format never changes. I don't know why they aren't more creative with the programming -- it really isn't much different from what I could do with Media Monkey "shuffle" if all my Dead shows and studio LP box sets were stored on my computer, and my stuff sounds a hell of a lot better.

My biggest complaint is that the sound quality of the satellite broadcast is dreadful. Why does everything sound like it's coming from underwater? Their concerts all sound like they were recorded Live in Atlantis. It's almost like they ruin the sound deliberately so people won't tape the shows off the radio. I don't know much about the Internet streaming because my radio receives everything from outer space, not via my Internet provider.

Anyway, I'm glad to see others have similar responses & now I know that replacing my radio isn't going to solve the problem. If anyone else notices that the broadcasts sound not merely compressed but garbled (maybe that's the result of overcompression?), let me know here.

Tonight they're playing September 1973 Philadelphia Spectrum on the GD Channel! Although it sounds pretty bad, it does sound a little better if you don't listen through headphones. :)